President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu inaugurates an Eklavya Model Residential School at Barsahi, Mayurbhanj, Odisha

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The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, inaugurated a newly built Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) atBadasahi , Mayurbhanj, Odisha.

On this occasion, the Hon’ble President said that education is very important for the development of society. That is why the government is opening Eklavya Model Residential Schools for tribal students in  remote tribal blocks. Now it is the responsibility of parents to send the children to school.

Other dignitaries present during the occasion included Hon. Governor of Odisha, Shri Raghubar Das, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti, Shri Bishweswar Tudu, among other senior dignitaries from Union and State Governments.

Eklavya Residential Model School is a flagship scheme of Government of India for imparting quality education to the tribal students. In 2019, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, 452 new EMRSs were sanctioned, one in every tribal block with 50% or more ST population and 20,000. The National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS), under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, is implementing this scheme. The recurring cost per student has been enhanced from Rs. 61,000 to Rs. 1,09,000 in 2019. Later in 2022, the construction cost of EMRS was enhanced from Rs. 20 crores and Rs. 24 crores to Rs 38 crores and 48 crores in plain areas and hilly areas, respectively. With 288 schools sanctioned before 2019 under the old scheme, Ministry of Tribal Affairs would be setting up total 740 schools by March 2026, including construction of 452 schools approved in 2019.  NESTS is also in the process of recruiting 38,800 teaching and non-teaching staff in phased manner of which about 10,000 staff have already been selected. 

The Barsahi EMRS campus is constructed in about 8 acres of land. A typical EMRS will have 16 class rooms for 480 students comprising of 240 girls and 240 boys. There are separate boys’ and girls’ hostels, mess, residential accommodation for Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, administrative block, playground, computer and science laboratories. These schools will prove to be a milestone for the overall development of tribal students of this area.

The school inaugurated by Hon’ble President is one of the 25 schools constructed under the new scheme, where in the construction cost of the schools has been increased to Rs 38 cr in Plain areas and Rs 48 crore in hilly areas.  Previously Hon’ble President had also inaugurated school in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. 

Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda also inaugurated5 EMRS located at Tantnagar, Manjhari, Noamundi , Bansjor , Pakartanr on 26th Feb & 27th Feb 2024located at West Singhbhum and Simdega .

On this occasion, the Hon’ble Minister, Shri Arjun Munda said that I am happy that we are  inaugurating the schools for which we had laid the foundation stone showing the commitment of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to provide best quality schools in remotest areas of the country in a time bound manner.


Union Minister Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti, Shri Bishweswar Tudualso inaugurated EMRS Udala on 24th Feb 2024.




Figures at a glance- All India

Eklavya Model Residential Schools Empowering Tribal Students Over 3-fold increase in number of Functional Eklavya Model Residential Schools since 2014 Government of India has placed significant emphasis on ensuring that Tribal students receive access to quality education.





Budget Outlay

Rs. 278.76 Crore

(As a component under Article 275 (1) of Constitution

Rs. 2000 crore

(Separate Central Sector Scheme)

Sanctioned Schools



Functional Schools



Recurring Cost

Rs. 42,000 per student per annum

Rs. 1,09,000 per student per annum

Capital Cost

Rs. 12.00 crore (Plain)

Rs. 16 crores (Hilly, NE, LWE)

Rs. 37.80 crore (plain),

Rs. 48 crore (Hilly, NE, LWE)

Schools affiliated to CBSE








Source PIB